Ceryle rudis travancoreensis   (Whistler and Kinnear,  1935) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Size: length c. 31 cm

Color: much darker, giving the general impression of being black above spotted with white rather than white spotted with black. The extent of the white marking, moreover, is much smaller and the spots less pure white, tending to smoky grey. Black spotting on flanks generally more extensive.

Breeding: season, November to April. Nest, a horizontal tunnel c. 7 or 8 cm in diameter excavated in vertical earth banks of streams and rivers, often 1.5 meters or more in length, ending in a widened egg-chamber. it is usually unlined, but almost invariably littered with smelly cast-up fish bones. Eggs, normally 5 or 6, pure white, roundish ovals with a glossy texture.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Kerela Pied Kingfisher (English)
• Pulli ponman (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mainly fish, tadpoles and aquatic insects


• Kerala, Travancore INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1970) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford University Press 4 1-256pp Available at - NIO

Page last updated on:2012-09-07

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